YA Blog Hop
by T. E. J. Johnson
Hello everyone! I am really excited to join this blog hop!
Huge thanks to the lovely Alex Karola for this opportunity. She is the writer of When You Fall and The Fliers of Xylan. Both of these novels are wonderful YA reads, and I highly suggest that you give them a read, right now, for free, on Wattpad.
1. What am I working on?
I’m pretty close to finishing the final edit of my novel Cataindar: The Discovery.
Fourteen-year old Luisa’s life is falling apart when she falls, literally, into the secret world of Cataindar. The catains have been expecting her.
This dark tale is filled with talking cats, giant rats, twists, turns, fur and intrigue.
I’ve been serialising the novel on wattpad and it has shot up the rankings well, hitting No.1 in Fantasy & Action sections out of the 40 million or so books cruising about on wattpad.
More importantly, I’ve met other incredible writers and friends – like Alex who tagged me in this blog hop and Sarah who I tag below.
2. How is my work different from others of its genre?
I’ve taken a darker gritty spin on the land of talking animals theme. What I constantly get told, is that it feels realistic; which is what I was striving for. In fantasy it is easy to get swept up in world-building and complex systems. I’ve really tried hard to hold on to strong character motives, regardless of the species, and spin a dark fantasy yarn using their story; with a sprinkling of magic, action and romance.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I just have an insatiable absolute bursting drive to tell this story!
I was on an extended holiday in Krakow, Poland when the story came to me complete in entirety. I was struck by a such rush of inspiration, I couldn’t sleep. I grabbed a notebook and pen and headed out to an all night cafe in Krakow square and plotted out the whole story, in that eve. The plot-line for five novels, done!
Cataindar: The Discovery is the first of those five novels.
4. How does my writing process work?
I think I am called an outliner. So I already have the whole plot of Cataindar in my head, I write the book divided in chapters as an outline in my notebooks, then refine it, making sure the twists and turns work, making sure the continuity works each clue is worth dwelling on as it points to a reveal later. I then start writing from the beginning to the end. 🙂
I’ve literally just finished the detailed plotting of book 2 and you can see what it looks like when I plan right here;
It makes sense to me at least!
If you want to check out Cataindar, it is being serialised on Wattpad here.
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That is all from me. 🙂 Thank you for tuning in to my blog hop!
Now I encourage you to check out s the blog of my wonderful friend Sarah Benson at www.sarahbensonbooks.com for her part of the Blog Hop in the next few weeks!
Sarah is the author of Born of Shadow.
Seventeen-year-old Kami is in trouble. She just flew 8,000 miles to Egypt to visit her estranged grandparents, but no one is at the airport to meet her. Alone and in an unfamiliar country, she discovers their disappearance is only part of a greater threat.
Whispers of strange creatures made of a shadowy substance can be heard among the nomads of the desert. A new queen has quietly come to power, given strength by a powerful evil unleashed when she opens an ancient jar. She won’t stop until she finds the remains of Alexander the Great, convinced that his remains hold the secret to her becoming a god. Kami must rely on a band of misfit friends she makes along the way to save her grandparents and stop the queen. But does the handsome boy she just met have the answers, or is he part of the reason for her grandparents’ disappearance?
Born of Shadow is the first book in the Shadow Wars Series.
You can read it, right now on Wattpad, here.